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24 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 23rd Jeonju International Film Festival (Part 1)

These are twenty-four films you shouldn’t miss at the 23rd Jeonju International Film Festival, which will take place from April 28 until May 7, 2022.

For this festival we also selected 8 Documentaries (HERE) and 15 Short Films (HERE) you shouldn’t miss

You can go to the second part of this article HERE

– Selected Films –

Anime supremacy! by Yoshino Kohei – Japan | 2022 – 128 minutes
Section: World Cinema | Asian Premiere

The behind-the-scenes of anime creation where a rookie female director and a genius ‘prince’ director develop a fierce battle to gain SUPREMACY. Confronting what they truly like, animation directors, as well as their staff and voice-actors, passionately pursue the best piece of work that pierces the heart of audiences. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 10:00 am
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | CGV Jeonjugosa 5 | 17:00 pm
May 6, 2022 | Friday | CGV Jeonjugosa 1 | 11:30 am

Trailer:

Cure by Kurosawa Kiyoshi – Japan | 1997 – 111 minutes
Section: J Special: Programmer of the Year

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they’ve done. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 1 | 15.00 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 1 | 21:00 pm

Trailer:

Fin De Siecle by Song Neunghan – Korea | 1999 – 103 minutes
Section: Legacy of Chungmuro, Taehung Pictures

Moratorium, Amorality, Moral Hazard, Y2K. Screenwriter Dooseob, college student So-ryong, and lecturer Sangwoo lead these four chapters. Through this, the chaos at the end of the century is shown. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Jeonju Digital Independent Cinema | 22:00 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | Jeonju Digital Independent Cinema | 17:30 pm
May 4, 2022 | Wednesday | Jeonju Digital Independent Cinema | 17:30 pm

Havana by Hong Yongho – Korea | 2022 – 101 minutes
Section: Korean Competition | World Premiere

Jung-min, a rookie lawyer, becomes Yoona’s public attorney, as she is accused of murdering her husband. Against a nasty prosecutor, a mysterious judge, and all the suspicions surrounding the defendant, Jung-min seeks to unravel the truth behind the conspiracies of the case. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 14:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 21:30 pm
May 6, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 19:00 pm

Trailer:

History of Ha by Lav Diaz – Philippines | 2021 – 277 minutes
Section: Masters | Korean Premiere

In 1957, Hernando Alamada, a Filipino vaudeville great and former socialist cadre, fulfills the last leg of his performing tour on the Mayflower cruise ship. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 18:30 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 18:00 pm
May 5, 2022 | Thursday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 13:00 pm

Trailer:

Hommage by Shin Su-won – Korea | 2021 – 109 minutes
Section: Hommage: Shin Su-won and Korean Women Directors | Korean Premiere

Jiwan is a female film director. After the failure of her third film, she is struggling to survive. Meanwhile, the film archive asks her to restore the old film made in the 1960s. On the journey back to the 1960s to find some missing film footage, Jiwan meets the old filmmakers and asks herself, “What are ‘cinema’ and ‘life’ to her?” (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | CGV Jeonjugosa 4 | 13:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 10:00 am
May 6, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 1 | 16:00 pm

Trailer:

Journey to the West by Kong Dashan – China | 2021 – 111 minutes
Section: Cinema Fest | Korean Premiere

Tang Zhijun, a middle-aged man who is left empty-handed, is the editor-in-chief of a science fiction magazine. A question that has puzzled him all his life leads him to embark on another journey to find aliens. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | CGV Jeonjugosa 3 | 13:30 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | CGV Jeonjugosa 2 | 11:00 am
May 5, 2022 | Thursday | CGV Jeonjugosa 2 | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

Leonor Will Never Die by Martika Ramirez Escobar – Philippines | 2022 – 99 minutes
Section: World Cinema | Korean Premiere

Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, she goes all-in after an accident involving a television knocks her out, sends her into a coma, and transports her inside the incomplete movie. Now Leonor can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 4 | 14:00 pm
May 3, 2022 | Tuesday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 4 | 21:00 pm
May 6, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 4 | 17:00 pm

Missing by Katayama Shinzo – Japan | 2021 – 123 minutes
Section: J Special: Programmer of the Year

An unreliable father Satoshi and his strong-minded daughter Kaede have a modest life in downtown Osaka. One day, Satoshi suddenly disappears. Kaede casts about but finds a young man with the same name as her father. But then she realizes he is the wanted serial killer. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
May 3, 2022 | Tuesday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 19:30 pm
May 7, 2022 | Saturday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 10:00 am

Trailer:

Missing Yoon by Kim Jinhwa – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes
Section: Korean Competition | World Premiere

Attention seeker YouTuber Jang Ha-Da is trying to get popular again. One day, legendary singer Yoon Si-Nae disappears. So, Jang Ha-Da uses her mother, an imitation singer Yoon Si-Nae, as a live broadcasting material and gets enthusiastic responses from subscribers. Meanwhile, Yoon Si-Nae, who is despairing after losing the dream stage, decides to leave in search of Yoon Si-Nae with fellow imitation singer Un Si-Nae. And Jang Ha-Da secretly set up a live broadcast. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 10:30 am
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 14:00 pm
May 5, 2022 | Thursday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 3 | 21:00 pm

Trailer:

My Only Love by Kim Kyunghyung, Jo Jinkyu, Chung Heung-soon, Park Younghoon – Korea |2021 – 108 minutes – Section: Korean Cinema | World Premiere

This movie stands out from the crowd of a glimmer of hope in this tough world. Four heartwarming episodes make your tears well up unconsciously.

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | CGV Jeonjugosa 4 | 17:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 10 | 13:00 pm
May 5, 2022 | Thursday | CGV Jeonjugosa 4 | 20:30 pm

One and Four by Jigme Trinley – China | 2021 – 88 minutes
Section: Midnight Cinema | Korean Premiere

One day in the late 1990s, a blizzard is about to hit a forest on the Tibetan Plateau, and three uninvited guests break into the forest ranger’s wooden house. Subsequently, the ranger is involved in the case of a police officer chasing poachers. When confronted, the ranger cannot judge the truth, and the whole incident becomes more intricate. (JIFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | CGV Jeonjugosa 1 | 21:00 pm
May 4, 2022 | Wednesday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 2 | 20:30 pm
May 6, 2022 | Friday | Cine Q Jeonju Film Street 2 | 21:30 pm

Trailer:

You can go to the second part of this article HERE

For more information please visit: https://eng.jeonjufest.kr/

About the festival:
Launched in 2000, Jeonju IFF is now recognized as Mecca of independent film festival of Asia and the widest window of avant-garde cinema around the world. While you can find latest waves of Korean independent scene in Korean Film Competition, International Competition introduces new talents across the world and showing the potential of new cinematic aesthetics. A number of new, rising filmmakers have been introduced to the world stage by Jeonju IFF and it resulted in that the awardees of Jeonju IFF have been critically acclaimed by international film festivals scene. The directors with the Grand Prize include Suwa Nobuhiro, Apichatpong Weerasrtakul, LiuJia-yin , Denis Cote, YING Liang, Matías Piñeiro and Sherad Anthony Sanchez.

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